Michael's Reviews > Holy Ghosts: Or, How a (Not So) Good Catholic Boy Became a Believer in Things That Go Bump in the Night

Holy Ghosts by Gary Jansen
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Apr 16, 11

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I believe in ghosts. I always have. This short book is a sort of "Catholic's eye view" of the phenomena of ghosts. The author lived in a haunted house for most of his life without knowing it: odd noises, strange phenomena, weird coincidences, etc. Nothing horrible or overt happens; this isn't like a Hollywood horror movie. If anything, the haunting was a bit too understated: I found myself not really scared at all by what Mr. Jansen was describing. However, the subtly of the haunting is what makes this book realistic. There are no moaning, sheet-draped figures oozing through walls. There are knocks, and bumps, and things turning off and on by themselves. Little things that, taken over time, add up to something scary.

A good read. Short on shivers, long on realism. I liked it.

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